|Project by Tdkbama||posted 04-15-2011 05:30 PM||4040 views||6 times favorited||14 comments|
I built this about 2 years ago for our first Grandchild. I wanted to build something that reflected the importance of this event in our lives and I have to say – it turned out very well. I searched long and hard for just the right plans and finally settled on the Heirloom Cradle featured in the September 2007 issue of WOOD magazine. It was challenging for me, but a very enjoyable project.
It’s designed to be used and disassembled and stored for the next child’s use. The plans include a storage box designed to hold the cradle parts when it’s disassembled. As you can see from the photos, there are 7 major components which are held together by open mortise/tenons with pegs. The combined weight of the box and cradle is pretty heavy. I used 1/2” red oak for all components except the bottom piece which is 1/2” oak plywood.
The plans from WOOD magazine are very good. The full-size drawings are separated into parts which are a little tough to align, but after some trial-and-error, it works “ok”. I finished it with Minwax Golden Oak and several coats of poly. I had a local trophy shop engrave a brass plate with the child’s name and date of birth and attached it to the inside lid of the box That wll be done with each subsequent birth and be a very nice heirloom to pass down through the family.
-- Measure twice, but still make sure it's the right board